Most people know what a zester does, but perhaps a Microplane is new to you. If so, this brand guide will help you better understand Microplane products, why they’re the grater of choice for both professional chefs and home cooks, and which one you should buy.
What is a Microplane?
At first glance, the iconic Microplane zester may look like it belongs in a carpenter’s workshop, and well.. that’s because it does! Exasperated over torn, shredded orange peel back in 1994, a Canadian housewife rummaged through her husband’s toolbox to find a rasp which she then used with huge success to make her orange cake. The result? No more torn orange peel, the zest fell off the orange like snowflakes.
Almost three decades since the revolutionary moment, Microplane’s cutting-edge technology has made the American family-run company into a household name. Using photo-etching cutting tools to create ultra-sharp tiny teeth, professional chefs and home cooks alike can now zest with the precision of a sharp knife. No more torn pieces, and no more zest stuck to the grater.
Microplane key features & uses
Whether we’re zesting lemons for a zingy lemon drizzle, grating nutmeg for a cheese sauce or slathering shavings of parmesan over sourdough for the ultimate cheese toastie, you can guarantee there’ll be a Microblade to hand. This rasp-inspired one which started the Microplane revolution is a great all rounder. Features include:
- Comfortable to use: ergonomic soft-grip handle; non-slip foot; easily maneuverable; no need to apply pressure
- Great for storage: protective cover and convenient hole to loop hooks
- Ultra clean slice: super sharp photo-etched stainless steel blade; no ripping, tearing or shredding means flavours are preserved and intensified
- Super precision: holes on curved edges to navigate rounded surfaces of citrus fruits
- Easy to clean: no more food stuck in the grater means less washing up; dishwasher safe
- Versatile: use on citrus fruits, ginger, garlic, nutmeg, parmesan, truffles and more
- Long-lasting: durable materials with lifetime sharpness guarantee
Which Microplane should I buy?
Microplane put a lot of research and technology into their products, each one has been specialised for a particular use. Here’s our quick run through of which microplane to buy to match your need…
The parmesan lovers’ best friend. While your standard grater might suffer when faced with a hard cheese, a Microplane will glide off the cheese surface. The grater - which is also available with a walnut handle - is also fine enough for garlic, ginger, and shavings of chocolate.
The ultra sharp teeth on this Microplane can power through even the toughest ingredients like ginger and horseradish. Also available with a walnut handle.
Like your standard hand-held grater, but the Microplane version is sharper, easier, and sleeker. This every-day grater will assist you with everything from cheese and apples to carrots and potatoes. And with a lifetime sharpness guarantee, this one is here to stay.
This star-studded grater has been designed specifically for creating a fine ‘snow’ of food and spices. Grate whole nutmeg over butternut squash soup, apple pastries and nutmeg gnocchi. Likewise, this grater can also be used for chocolate and citrus fruits.
In a hurry? This ribbon grater has blades that cut both ways, meaning you’ll get wafer-thin results, twice as fast. Decorate desserts with chocolate curls, or make green ribbons for courgette fritters.
This grater will give you the ultimate pièce de résistance, producing eye-catching large yet thin garnishes. Ideal for intensely flavoured ingredients like parmesan and truffles.
How do I care for my Microplane?
Although Microplane graters are dishwasher safe, we recommend hand washing them. The stainless steel blade will last longer if soaked in warm - hot water for a few minutes, and then wiped with a soapy sponge in the direction of the blades.